He studied painting under Itcho Hanabusa. As a haiku poet he was at first a disciple of Rogen, then Basho.
An eccentric man, he wandered in many provinces. At one time, he was reduced to a state of mendicancy, with his clothes in rags and his straw hat battered.
As a haiku poet, he was a friend of Ransetsu Hattori and Kikaku Takarai, noted poets.